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Woven Map Basket 

Written By: Jane Patrick 


Awl (1) 

Clothespins (1) 

Cutting mat (1) 

Rotary cutter (1) 

Scissors (1) 

Strin g (1) 
or thread 

Tweezers (1) 

White glued) 


Road maps (2-3) 


Think of basketry as three-dimensional weaving. If you ever wove paper as a child, that's 
the basis for this plaited basket. You begin by weaving a flat base, and then upturn the strips 
(called stakes or weavers) to make the sides, in what is referred to as bias plaiting. You'll be 
surprised by how sturdy your paper basket will be. 

Baskets can be called a true handcraft because almost any basket you'll see anywhere in 
the world has been woven by hand. It's one craft they just haven't learned to make well by 

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Woven Map Basket 

This project repurposes maps from your travels to weave a practical, attractive basket full of 
memories of trips taken and experiences had along the way. 

• Cut off any parts of the map you don't want to use. With the map turned lengthwise, cut 20 
weavers 2" wide (the longer the strips, the larger your basket can be). I made my weavers 
37" long, based on the longest length of the map. 

• Fold each strip in half lengthwise. Then fold the edges to the center, and finally, fold these 
edges together, creasing tightly. The more uniform and crisp you make the strips, the 
better your basket will be. 

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• Weave over, under, over, under 
(plain weave) for a square base, 10 
weavers in both directions. 

If you point the folds toward 
the center of each side, 

you'll have a better result when you 
weave the corners. 

Step 3 — Twine- 

Using string or thread, mark the 
base by twining around the edges. 
Measure a length of lightweight 
string 10 times the circumference 
of the base and fold it in half. Fold 
this string around a weaver so that 
one end of the string is underneath 
the weaver and the other end is on 

To twine, simply twist the ends 
together between the weavers, then 
place the top end underneath the 
next weaver while leaving the 
bottom end on top. Repeat until you 
reach the beginning, and tie the 
ends together. 

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Woven Map Basket 

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Weave the sides, working one side at a time. Divide the weavers on one side in half and 
weave the halves together. Beginning with the center weavers, cross them, and weave 
both out to the edge. 

Weave the remaining weavers in the same manner. Tighten the weavers by pulling out the 
slack. The weaving will poke out where the weavers cross. This is as it should be, and will 
be the new corner. 

You've now woven a diamond. Secure this side with a clothespin. Repeat for the other 3 

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# Join the diamonds by weaving 
them together. Continue weaving 
until your basket is as tall as you 
ike it, or until you run out of 

weaving material. You'll notice that 
if you follow one weaver, it travels 
from one side of the basket to the 

Working in pairs, fold one weaver 
over the other and down into the 
weaving on the inside, then repeat 
for the other weaver. Do likewise 
with all the weavers. 

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• If you have holes in the bottom or 
sides of your basket, this means 
it's not tightly woven. You can fix 
this by pulling the weavers from the 
bottom of the basket to the top, to 
take up the slack. Keep tightening 
weavers until they are snug against 
each other. This is well worth the 
effort in the final product. 

• Once you're satisfied with the 
tightness of the weave, check the 
top edge to see that it's even and 
then trim the ends on the inside. 




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To create a flat, sturdy base, I place the basket over a container and then weight the 
bottom with something heavy, like a rock. 

After a few hours, I crease along the bottom edges for a basket that sits flat and stable on 
the table. If you want a very stiff basket, you can dilute white craft glue with water and 
paint the basket inside and out. 

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• The Sunday funny papers are a 
colorful choice for basket weaving. 
I choose the funnies with the 
brightest colors. A monochromatic 
alternative is a basket woven of 
pages devoid of photos with lots of 
small print, such as want ads. After 
weaving, I treat the surface with 
melted beeswax for a muted, aged 

This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 05 , page 124. 

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